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QMumbai: Plastic Ban Deadline Extended; Karjat School Girls Abused

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1. Maharashtra Extends Deadline to Dispose Banned Plastic Items to Three Months

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Twenty days after the state government issued a notification banning various single-use plastic items, the Maharashtra Environment department on Wednesday removed the ban on less than 0.5 litre plastic bottles and also extended the deadline from one month to three for disposal of existing banned items for consumers, retailers, traders and manufacturers. It also means that users or customers will not be fined for three months, said officials.

The Environment department issued a notification on Wednesday for making these amendments in the plastic ban that came into effect on March 23, banning all plastic carry bags and single-use plastic items along with a scheme for plastic bottles and milk pouches.

“PET/PETE bottles having liquid holding capacity of 1 litre or more and of less than 1 litre will have printed on the body of the bottle the buyback price of Re 1 and Rs 2 respectively,” says the notification. Earlier, the state government had banned the usage, purchase, sale, distribution and storage of PET and PETE bottles having ‘liquid holding capacity’ less than 0.5 litre in the state.

Source: The Indian Express

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2. Almost All Deaf and Mute Girls at Karjat School Sexually Abused

The two rape complaints against the caretaker of a Karjat boarding school for children with speech and hearing disabilities were just the tip of the iceberg. Investigation into the case, which was registered on March 30 based on a complaint from the mother of a student, has unearthed more instances of alleged sexual assault.

The police are in the process of recording the statements of more students. “We have so far recorded the statements of seven girls. They are all in the age group of 6 to 13,” said Sunita Tanawade, senior inspector of Karjat police station.

The police have roped in a sign language interpreter from Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities to help with the investigation.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

3. Mumbai: BEST Hikes Fares From Thursday

Mumbai’s  BEST bus services (Representation Image)
Mumbai’s BEST bus services (Representation Image)
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Commuters using Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses will have to pay more now as ticket fares for longer routes are set to increase from Thursday. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) approved the hike on Wednesday.

Fares have been increased for trips over 6 kms. The ticket cost for an adult passenger has been increased from Rs 14 to Rs 15 in an ordinary bus. The highest fare will now be Rs 62, from the earlier Rs 50, after a distance of 50 kms. While no changes have been proposed for feeder routes that form the core ridership of the undertaking fares for longer routes have been increased. The last time the BEST had increased the bus fares was in 2015.

The cost of monthly and quarterly bus passes have also been raised after a distance of 6 kms. The lowest slab of the hike is from Rs 620 to Rs 660 for a monthly pass. For a quarterly pass, the cost has gone up from Rs 1,850 to Rs 1,980.

Source: The Indian Express

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4. Cabbie Suffers Epileptic Attack, Rams 7 Pedestrians

Taxis lined up in Mumbai (Image used for representational purpose only).
Taxis lined up in Mumbai (Image used for representational purpose only).
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Seven pedestrians were injured after a taxi driver who suffered an epileptic attack crashed into them at the JJ Marg signal, one of the busiest junctions in the city, on Wednesday night.

The police said around 7.45 am, Rizwan Khan, 26, suffered an epileptic attack, lost control over his vehicle, and rammed into seven pedestrians — Khalid Ahmad, 30; Shakil Mastan, 38; Mohammad Arif, 22; Pashupati Nath, 40; Abdul Shaikh, 52; Abbas Merchant, 75; Wasim Khan, 43; Imran Boath, 27; and a 67-year-old woman Shamim Bano. The vehicle finally came to a halt when it crashed into a bus.

Khan and the injured pedestrians were taken to JJ Hospital. Doctors said Khan did not sustain any injury. Ahmad suffered a laceration on the right eyebrow and the left occipital region. Mastan had injuries on the back, the ring finger and a foot. All others sustained minor injuries.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

5. Uddhav Would Have Been CM had Sena, BJP Contested Together, Says Devendra Fadnavis

Maharasthra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray.
Maharasthra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray.
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Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the big fish involved in the irrigation scam would soon be behind bars.

Expressing confidence that BJP and Shiv Sena would contest the coming polls together, Fadnavis said Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray would have become chief minister had the two parties contested the 2014 Assembly elections together.

Fadnavis was speaking at a public interview conducted by Shiv Sena MP and Saamana executive editor Sanjay Raut at Lokmat Maharashtrian of The Year Award function.

Considering the fact that Raut is the harshest critic of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and the state and the hardline taken by Sena mouthpiece that he heads, it was expected that the interview would witness some tension. But, Fadnavis replied the tricky questions shrewdly and made it a point to show his willingness to take the Sena along. “The so-called secular parties are coming together. It is time for the real secular parties believing in Hinduism to join hands,” Fadnavis said.

Source: The Hindustan Times

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6. Decongestion Project to Begin at Bandra Station

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Representation Image for traffic snarls. (Photo: iStockphoto)

The century-old Bandra (West) railway station — a Grade-I structure with its blend of Victorian Gothic and vernacular architecture, bearing a proud UNESCO heritage tag — is all set to bid adieu to notorious traf-fic snarls. The much delayed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s remodelling project for the station, proposed to cost Rs 93 lakh, is finally kicking off. By the end of it, Bandra will set an example for free vehicular and pedestrian movement at otherwise crowded local train stations in Mumbai.

A first about this project is the cooperation between the BMC and the Railways, which handed over a sizeable portion (4,000 sq ft) of its land opposite Sunni Jama Masjid to the BMC for Rs 2.25 crore on February 28, 2018.

Incidentally, Sunni Jama Masjid area is one of the most illfamed bottlenecks in Bandra (West), with passengers coming from Hill Road to the station. Remodelling will decongest and widen the narrow road across the mosque.

Source: Mumbai Mirror

7. Bailable Warrant Against Salman Khan in 2002 Hit and Run Case

Salman Khan
Salman Khan
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In fresh trouble for actor Salman Khan, a city sessions court has issued a bailable arrest warrant against him after he did not turn up for substitution of a bail surety in the 2002 accident case.

A surety is a person who promises to the court to supervise an accused who is out on bail.

A police official said Salman’s lawyer had filed an application in the Supreme Court to replace a surety in February.

“The apex court asked the actor to name the new surety before the concerned trial court. Salman’s lawyer told the SC that one of the sureties had required discharge and needed to be replaced,” said a police official.

Source: The Hindustan Times

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